After successfully completing his 12,000 mile bus ride around America, Shaun Donovan now embarks on his latest and greatest challenge - to circumnavigate the coastline of Australia, again by bus, but also to ride the famous 'Indian Pacific' and 'Ghan' trains from west to east and south to north of this vast continent - A 20,000 kilometre journey which must be completed in less than 50 days. In a compelling story of determination, desperation and in some cases deprivation, read how Shaun and his fiance, Sally are roasted alive in sizzling heat and stifling humidity, get drowned-out in tropical storms and flash-flooding and survive an onslaught of electrifying lightning bolts, devastating cyclones and bone-shaking earthquakes before their journey is finally at an end. Add to this a lethal concoction of shark, stingray, and snake attacks they stumble upon during their trip and mix it up with crocodile, box jelly-fish, blue-ringed octopus and deadly stone-fish encounters and you've got yourself one hell of a story-line to tell. Like his American voyage of discovery, many things were learned and achieved, but there was also despair as his dreams of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and visiting Ayres Rock were shattered due to weather conditions and personal circumstances, both of which he swears will be done on his return to one of the most diverse and exciting continents on the planet. For more information please go to www.taffys-travels.com
From scorching deserts to snow-capped mountains, through forest fires and gangland war-zones, Shaun Donovan rides the Greyhound Bus to the four corners of America. and beyond. White water rafting in Colorado, sky-diving in Las Vegas and swimming with sharks in Florida, he journeys on, diving for shipwrecks and coral reefs and riding roller-coasters for pleasure as he travels the continent. Lucky escapes, a pilgrimage and a dream fulfilled as his twelve thousand-mile trek through forty-eight states, Canada and the Bahamas are completed - and a promise to his children is finally kept. An epic voyage of discovery, combining thrills and excitement, disappointment and despair, as each normal days ride is turned into the adventure of a lifetime. For more information please go to www.taffys-travels.com
Chronicles of a Biker is a compilation of anecdotes which Shaun Donovan wrote during his 12 years of riding (and racing) motor-cycles between 1975 and 1987. Now, in 2012, some 36 years after writing his first memoirs of a misspent youth, Shaun has encapsulated dozens of these truly memorable and remarkable (and in some cases unbelievable) stories into one book. In the first few chapters, read how Shaun survives an onslaught of terrifying crashes, each one leaving him with several broken bones -or huge chunks of flesh hanging from his battered body, as he lives-on to fight another day. Also included are the tales of his unlawful misdemeanours, as he is continually chased and caught by the police, culminating in several endorsements, along with the loss of his driving licence on no fewer than two occasions! The second-half of the book is dedicated to three amazing journeys which he undertook between July 1981 and August 1983. Spanning a distance of nearly 15,000km on the road (and a further 2,000 nautical miles on ferries), Shaun traverses 13 countries, 1 principality and several islands in Western Europe, before crossing continents into North Africa, to say his first Hello to the countries of Morocco and Tunisia. Apart from crashing in Spain, dodging psychopathic drivers in Italy and having to put-up with various punctures and breakdowns, Shaun has a whale of a time with various friends and partners, as he crosses the Pyrenees Mountains, glides over the Austrian Alps, and blasts his way up and down the motorways of western Europe, discovering a handful of paradise beaches, dozens of quaint little villages -and several wonders of the world before his triple-adventure is finally at an end. Just like Shauns first two books, (Battle of the Greyhounds, Part I - America, and Battle of the greyhounds, Part II Australia,), which tell the stories of his epic journeys as he circumnavigates these vast continents by Greyhound Bus, Shaun writes every biking tale with such conviction and an unprecedented passion, that one could truly believe they were riding pillionpassenger with him from start to finish.
Timeshare a journey into the unknown is a very frank account of the ten years Shaun Donovan spent working as a sales representative and a manager in the industry, both in the Canary Islands and on the island of Cyprus. During that time he closed over three million pounds worth of personal sales, along with training hundreds of new recruits to become timeshare professionals. With over 3,000 tours to his name and around 700 sales under his belt, Shaun has made many friendships in the business, not only with his fellow colleagues, but also with many of his clients, who kept coming back year after year to see him, (often to spend more money), after he had introduced them to the wonderful world of luxurious holidays. In the book he also describes in detail how he broke all the ethics of his profession, by mixing business with pleasure, and running off with his client! Read how their Shirley Valentine romance eventually turns into a living nightmare, as everything goes tragically wrong for them and their world of dreams is systematically torn apart. Apart from all the heartache and despair, there are also some wonderful holidays, which Shaun and his family enjoyed together, along with loads of great travel stories, which include two unbelievable bus journeys across America and Australia, a ferry-hop around all seven Canary Islands and two unforgettable cruises to the Greek Islands and Egypt. Shauns manuscript is a compelling catalogue of anecdotes, which has all the ingredients of love, hate and compassion, violence, drugs and embezzlement -along with one of the best insights into the world of timeshare ever produced. Combine all this with the unparalleled passion of one man, who truly believes that his product is the best thing since sliced bread and youve got yourself a story which may possibly change the way you think about one of the most lucrative and volatile industries in the world today.
Having completed their overland journey of twenty thousand kilometers (twelve thousand miles) from Cardiff to Singapore, Shaun and his daughter, Hayley, have now flown over to India, to meet up with her two brothers, and also Hayley’s boyfriend, for a ten-day exploratory tour of Goa’s finest beaches. During this time, our infamous five also pay a visit to an amazing spice plantation, go on an unforgettable crocodile safari, have a stupendous swim under a spectacular waterfall, and ride a gigantic elephant, before the lads finally returned home to the United Kingdom, while Shaun and Hayley continued on with their overland journey. Mumbai was their next port-of-call, where they visited Elephanta Island—the home of the third largest caves in the world, before moving on to Aurangabad, to pay homage to the incredible Ellora and Ajanta Caves—the two largest caves on the planet. Delhi was next in line, including a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra, before flying over to Abu Dhabi for a short visit—and then on to South Africa. After taking a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and enjoying panoramic views over Cape Town, our intrepid explorers indulged themselves in a fabulous bus tour around this bustling city, before going scuba diving—with a handful of sharks! Next in line was a thousand-mile bus ride across the plains of South Africa, before crossing borders into Zimbabwe and standing “on top of the world” in the Matobo Safari Park, before being mesmerized by the magnificence of Victoria Falls. To keep the adrenaline flowing, our two adventurers then embarked on a zip-slide across the incredible gorge, which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia, before finishing off their visit with a death-defying, white-water rafting trip over the rapids of the Mighty Zambezi River. Apart from paying their respects at the David Livingstone Museum—and Shaun having his toenail ripped off in Kapiri Mposhi—our weary travelers then traversed another thouand miles of African soil, which included two of the hardest journeys of their lives, until they finally reached the city of Arusha in Northern Tanzania. At this point, our perilous pair took off on an unbelievable three-day safari to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Crater, where they came face-to-face with the infamous Maasai Warriors, before rounding off their incredible journey with a day-trip to the mystical island of Zanzibar.
‘Bat out of Hell –The Movie’, is the true story of one man’s quest to create an epic feature-length film which he truly believes will be the ‘movie to end all movies’. Based on the best-selling paperback ‘Jupiter’s Travel’s’, by Ted Simon’, which tells the true story of this man’s unbelievable four-year motorcycle journey around the world, Shaun Donovan attempts to recapture the spirit of the now legendary ‘Easy Rider’ movie, by combining all the thrills and spills which Ted encompassed along the way, into one blockbuster production –a movie which will set the hearts of bikers around the world alight, as he rekindles their passions for a life of freedom on the road. Armed with a hand-written manuscript, a home-made movie poster –and a soundtrack that should simply blow Ted away, Shaun flies 6,000 miles to the home of Mr. Simon, where he proudly presents the ‘Sales pitch of his life’. After listening to various tunes, Ted agrees how uncanny it is that the lyrics in the songs from Meat-Loafs now legendary ‘Bat out of Hell’ album could easily portray actual scenes taken from Ted’s storyline –and so the stage was now set. Over the next twelve months Shaun embarked on a quest that would involve numerous meetings with the heads of various film and television companies across the UK, before a twist in the tale occurs, when it is suggested that Shaun retrace Ted’s journey from start to finish, subsequently creating a six-part documentary series for BBC television, entitled ‘Steps of Jupiter -20 years on’. Apart from planning and preparing an 8,000-mile ‘solo’ motorcycle journey from Cardiff to Cape-Town, read how Shaun also drives the length and breadth of California, before crossing borders into Mexico, and also how he circumnavigates the state of Florida in search of a new life for him and his family, as he desperately tries to cling-on to what is left of his failing marriage, before it is too late! ‘Bat out of hell –The Movie’ is a compelling manuscript, taken from diaries written by Shaun during the twenty six months he was out of work –a time when he was completely penniless, and all that he had left to hang on to was a dream –a dream which he was determined to turn into a reality.
After living apart for over 18 years, Shaun Donovan and his teenage daughter, Hayley, decide to make-up for lost time, by embarking on a 60,000km voyage of discovery: a journey that would inevitably take them half-way around the world. Asia Me & My Girl tells the amazing true story of the first half of their incredible adventure, as they travel 20,000km overland from their hometown of Cardiff, in South Wales, to the Far Eastern shores of Singapore. Read all about their unforgettable six-day crossing of Siberia, before traversing the infamous Gobi Desert in Mongolia and how they are kidnapped and virtually held to ransom by a bogus taxi-driver and his compatriots in Beijing, China. Shaun also tells the unbelievable stories of how he and his daughter had a magnificent day in Xian, visiting the Terracotta Warriors -before meeting the farmer who had actually discovered them and how the pair of them had their photo taken with the one and only living survivor of the notorious S21 Prison Camp from the Killing Fields of Cambodia. In Thailand all hell breaks loose as our intrepid explorers spend their days bottle-feeding leopard cubs, walking with tigers and swimming with elephants, before climbing the 7-tiers of the Erawan Waterfall, crossing the Bridge over the River Kwai, riding the Thailand to Burma Death Railway -and walking the length of Hellfire Pass. To round-off their ten-week Voyage of Discovery our dynamic duo pay a visit to the phenomenal PETRONAS Towers in Malaysia -and in Singapore they come face-to-face with the Lords of the Jungle, as they embark on their first ever night-time safari.
After successfully completing his 12,000 mile bus ride around America, Shaun Donovan now embarks on his latest and greatest challenge - to circumnavigate the coastline of Australia, again by bus, but also to ride the famous 'Indian Pacific' and 'Ghan' trains from west to east and south to north of this vast continent - A 20,000 kilometre journey which must be completed in less than 50 days. In a compelling story of determination, desperation and in some cases deprivation, read how Shaun and his fiancée, Sally are roasted alive in sizzling heat and stifling humidity, get drowned-out in tropical storms and flash-flooding and survive an onslaught of electrifying lightning bolts, devastating cyclones and bone-shaking earthquakes before their journey is finally at an end. Add to this a lethal concoction of shark, stingray, and snake attacks they stumble upon during their trip and mix it up with crocodile, box jelly-fish, blue-ringed octopus and deadly stone-fish encounters and you've got yourself one hell of a story-line to tell. Like his American voyage of discovery, many things were learned and achieved, but there was also despair as his dreams of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and visiting Ayres Rock were shattered due to weather conditions and personal circumstances, both of which he swears will be done on his return to one of the most diverse and exciting continents on the planet. For more information please go to www.taffys-travels.com
Chin music: A nineteenth-century term to describe the act of talking too much, as in babbling. Greyhound: A member of Dickson Stauffers Missouri Foot Cavalry of the early 1980s. This memoir continues the adventures of a middle-aged Missourian who was part of the strange yet fascinating world of Civil War reenacting. In volume 2, Robert tells of a trip to Gettysburg, another movie, the coldest event ever attended, a brief tenure as an officer, a trip to Red River, and a handful of other amusements. As with the previous book, volume 2 is loaded with personal anecdotes and humor.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the Lone Star State can certainly boast of immense ranches, vast oil fields, enormous cowboy hats, and larger-than-life heroes. Among the greatest of the latter are the iconic Texas Rangers, a service that has existed, in one form or another, since 1823. Established in Waco in 1968, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum continues to honor these legendary symbols of Texas and the American West. While upholding a proud heritage of duty and sacrifice, even men who wear the cinco peso badge can have their own champions. Thirty-one individuals—whose lives span more than two centuries—have been enshrined in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. In The Ranger Ideal Volume 2: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1874-1930, Darren L. Ivey presents capsule biographies of the twelve inductees who served Texas in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Ivey begins with John B. Jones, who directed his Rangers through their development from state troops to professional lawmen; then covers Leander H. McNelly, John B. Armstrong, James B. Gillett, Jesse Lee Hall, George W. Baylor, Bryan Marsh, and Ira Aten—the men who were responsible for some of the Rangers’ most legendary feats. Ivey concludes with James A. Brooks, William J. McDonald, John R. Hughes, and John H. Rogers, the “Four Great Captains” who guided the Texas Rangers into the twentieth century.
"This volume explores the life and achievements of William Strudwick Arrasmith, one of architecture's defining artists during the short-lived era of streamline design. It examines Arrasmith's development as architect, focusing on his work for Greyhound during their streamline era from 1937 to 1958. A full chronology of Arrasmith's firms and commissions is also included"--Provided by publisher.
For men on destroyer-class warships during World War I and World War II, battles were waged “against overwhelming odds from which survival could not be expected.” Those were the words Lieutenant Commander Robert Copeland calmly told his crew as their tiny, unarmored destroyer escort rushed toward giant, armored Japanese battleships at the Battle off Samar on October 25, 1944. This action-packed narrative history of destroyer-class ships brings readers inside the half-inch-thick hulls to meet the men who fired the ships' guns, torpedoes, hedgehogs, and depth charges. Nicknamed "tin cans" or "greyhounds," destroyers were fast escort and attack ships that proved indispensable to America's military victories. Beginning with destroyers' first incarnation as torpedo boats in 1874 and ending with World War II, author Clint Johnson shares the riveting stories of the Destroyer Men who fought from inside a "tin can"—risking death by cannons, bombs, torpedoes, fire, and drowning. The British invented destroyers, the Japanese improved them, and the Germans failed miserably with them. It was the Americans who perfected destroyers as the best fighting ship in two world wars. Tin Cans & Greyhounds compares the designs of these countries with focus on the old, modified World War I destroyers, and the new and numerous World War II destroyers of the United States. Tin Cans & Greyhounds details how destroyers fought submarines, escorted convoys, rescued sailors and airmen, downed aircraft, shelled beaches, and attacked armored battleships and cruisers with nothing more than a half-inch of steel separating their crews from the dark waves.
Colorfully known as the "Greyhound Division" for its lean and speedy marches across thousands of miles in three states, Major General John G. Walker's infantry division in the Confederate army was the largest body of Texans -- about 12,000 men at its formation -- to serve in the American Civil War. From its creation in 1862 until its disbandment at the war's end, Walker's unit remained, uniquely for either side in the conflict, a stable group of soldiers from a single state. Richard Lowe's compelling saga shows how this collection of farm boys, store clerks, carpenters, and lawyers became the trans-Mississippi's most potent Confederate fighting unit, from the vain attack at Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, in 1863 during Grant's Vicksburg Campaign to stellar performances at the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins' Ferry that helped repel Nathaniel P. Banks's Red River Campaign of 1864. Lowe's skillful blending of narrative drive and demographic profiling represents an innovative history of the period that is sure to set a new benchmark.
Winner of the Civil War Round Table of New York’s Fletcher Pratt Literary Award Winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table’s Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Book Prize Winner of an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award “A superb account” (The Wall Street Journal) of the longest and most decisive military campaign of the Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which opened the Mississippi River, split the Confederacy, freed tens of thousands of slaves, and made Ulysses S. Grant the most important general of the war. Vicksburg, Mississippi, was the last stronghold of the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. It prevented the Union from using the river for shipping between the Union-controlled Midwest and New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Union navy tried to take Vicksburg, which sat on a high bluff overlooking the river, but couldn’t do it. It took Grant’s army and Admiral David Porter’s navy to successfully invade Mississippi and lay siege to Vicksburg, forcing the city to surrender. In this “elegant…enlightening…well-researched and well-told” (Publishers Weekly) work, Donald L. Miller tells the full story of this year-long campaign to win the city “with probing intelligence and irresistible passion” (Booklist). He brings to life all the drama, characters, and significance of Vicksburg, a historic moment that rivals any war story in history. In the course of the campaign, tens of thousands of slaves fled to the Union lines, where more than twenty thousand became soldiers, while others seized the plantations they had been forced to work on, destroying the economy of a large part of Mississippi and creating a social revolution. With Vicksburg “Miller has produced a model work that ties together military and social history” (Civil War Times). Vicksburg solidified Grant’s reputation as the Union’s most capable general. Today no general would ever be permitted to fail as often as Grant did, but ultimately he succeeded in what he himself called the most important battle of the war—the one that all but sealed the fate of the Confederacy.